If you are aged 16-19 (year 12 or upwards) and looking to gain a qualification that recognises all of the skills and achievements you gain while a member of your youth organisation, this is just what you need.
Enrolments for our 22/23 BTEC Level 2 qualifications are open now!
Autumn Graduation Ceremony celebrations at RMA Sandhurst
In early October, we were thrilled to welcome over 70 graduates to our second graduation ceremony of the year at RMA Sandhurst. This followed our Spring graduation event, ending a busy year for our adult award celebrations.
CVQO Westminster Award 2022 expedition takes place in Cornwall
The theme of our expedition was ‘Think global, act local’. What we meant by that is that it is important to consider the overall impact of our actions on the planet, while realising that change can start on a local level – even on a grassroots scale, anyone has the power to make a positive impact.
Poppy's CVQO journey
Poppy Cooper completed her BTEC Level 2 and ILM Level 3 qualifications through CVQO, went on a Westminster Award adventure and has now returned to mentor the next generation of learners…
Apple Jane Hayward is an inspirational young woman and has overcome adversity to achieve some fantastic things through the Sea Cadets and CVQO. She was a 2021 CVQO Westminster Award finalist and you can read her story here.
Our new programme for 8-14 year olds promotes mental wellbeing and outdoor learning
The CVQO Lion Award promotes the development of 8-14 year olds through a varied and exciting programme of outdoor activities, first aid skills and social action projects.
Report looking into social impact of Cadet Forces and CVQO qualifications
A four-year study by the University of Northampton into the impact of the Cadet Forces and CVQO qualifications was released, with some very positive conclusions.
Employability Skills Workshop webinars
Now available – Employability Skills Workshop webinars exclusively for CVQO learners – click here for more information!
ILM Level 2 Award for Young Leaders
Our ILM Level 2 Award for Young Leaders is delivered over 2 consecutive days and is aimed at 14-19 year olds, offering a brilliant introduction to leadership concepts and an internationally-recognised qualification.
We are CVQO
CVQO is a UK education charity, providing vocational qualifications to youth group members and their adult instructors. Our qualifications are accredited by Pearson BTEC, ILM and City & Guilds
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The CVQO Lion Award – Hartshead Junior and Infant School
"Hartshead Junior and Infant School is a small primary school in West Yorkshire. We began our participation in the CVQO Lion Award in April 2021, with 32 children across years 4, 5 and 6 undertaking the Bronze Award...
Ashley Harkness – 225 (Brighton No1) RAF Air Cadets
I didn't leave school with many qualifications - 2 GCSEs to be exact. I have slowly built up the required amount of Level 2 qualifications to allow me to continue onto advanced level courses and will eventually be able to attend university. Without the BTEC provided by CVQO, I would not have enough Level 2 qualifications to meet the entry requirements for most universities.
Liam O’Loughlin and Lewis Norwood – City & Guilds Level 5 Professional Recognition Awards
Before the start of COVID-19 pandemic, Captain Liam O’Loughlin and his partner Lieutenant Lewis Norwood decided to take on the challenge of starting the City & Guilds Level 5 (Affiliateship) in Leadership and Management...
Georgia Allen – ILM Level 5
"Undertaking the CVQO-led ILM Level 5 has taught me to appreciate personal and professional development, not only for myself as the individual, but for the benefit of the Army Cadet Force.
"I have gained confidence in my ability and knowledge of being a leader and have started to believe in my own capabilities more."
East Kilbride Sea Cadets – Employability Skills Workshop webinar
CVQO has been running online Employability Skills Workshop webinars since lockdown with the aim of honing the employability skills of young people...
Alex Anderson – BTEC Level 2 and ILM Level 3
"I have always struggled with exams as they cause me a great deal of stress which is why I left school at 16.
"However, being able to learn new skills through CVQO has allowed me to regain an interest in education and develop myself so I could become a more rounded individual."
Thor Elsson – ILM Level 4
“I had an interview for a new job a couple of weeks ago and have had an offer of a better job than the one I originally applied for.
"The feedback I received, along with the improved job offer, was that they were impressed with my ACF volunteering and the fact I’ve gone for a commission - the clincher was the CVQO-led ILM qualification I’d just finished."
Northampton University study into the social impact of the Cadet Forces and CVQO qualifications
Download the full Northampton University report here
Gavin Williamson MP, Former Secretary of State for Education
I have seen first-hand the fantastic opportunities and experience that being a cadet can bring to young people.
“Skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership are vital, practical skills that are so valued by employers, whichever path you choose.
“CVQO are rightly recognising the skills and abilities of our cadet forces with qualifications that will help set them on their path to success.